What's for sale?
This is an original, stoneware, ginger beer bottle produced by the Drew & Co brewery of Oswestry in Shropshire. It's from either the late 19th or early 20th centuries.
Bottles like these were produced in large numbers, with shapes, colours and branding helping to differentiate the breweries. The Drew & Co transfer print on the front shows their trade mark of a prancing horse on a shield. They still trading as a manufacturer of mineral waters during the 1960s.
Bottles like this one were mass-produced and roughly made. Many will have firing faults, rough patches and imperfect printing. They were made to be thrown away, and most of those around today will have been recovered from out-of-use, Victorian rubbish tips. Some bottles were sealed with a screw top, but this one and most others had cork bungs.
What condition is it in?
- In fair to good condition
- The body has one large chip as shown, with a dark fleck at the centre
- There are several manufacturing faults near to the base
- The top is evenly coloured
- The lettering is very clear
What are the measurements?
- 17cm high (6.75 inches)
- 7cm in diameter (2.5 inches)
- 584 grams
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